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How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

Many ways: Classic is cerbellar atrophy affecting coordination and balance. Also, may see general atrophy with multiple cognitive issues. Wernicke-korsakoff can cause short-term memory loss, and behavioural changes. Epilepsy can also develop. The valium issues are rather milder, but habituation, sedation, seizures upon stopping may be seen. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my brain?

How does alcohol affect my brain?

Depends on you: If you are indeed an alcoholic, and have an associated nutritional deficiency, you could acquire wernicke-korsakoff syndrome with incoordination, gait imbalance, visual problems, confusion, and memory loss. Not unique if alcohol abuse to eventually develop brain atrophy and dementia. However, all is secondary to abuse, as moderation does not result in the above. ...Read more

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How does alcohol chemically affect the brain?

How does alcohol chemically affect the brain?

Alcohol & Brain: Alcohol enhances GABA & suppresses NMDA, leading to CNS depression, then leading to rebound during withdrawal, which causes Neurotransmitters to be more excitable, hence Neurotoxicity develops. ...Read more

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Can alcohol use at a young age damage your brain more than as an adult?

Can alcohol use at a young age damage your brain more than as an adult?

Yes: The effects of alcohol, like most drugs, are dose dependent. A sip of wine is unlikely to hurt anyone, but getting rip-roaring drunk can cause damage. That said, when a person is younger their brain is still developing, sometimes into their twenties. It stands to reason that a brain that is still developing will be more affected than an adult brain. All the more reason for kids to avoid alcohol. ...Read more

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Hi! can the brain recover from drug and alcohol use, or is the damage permament?

Hi! can the brain recover from drug and alcohol use, or is the damage permament?

Brain Function: Some studies have shown that years of abstaining from Alcohol and Drugs can allow brain regions to return to their original volume and can repair neural connections across different regions. Much of this restoration occurs in the system most adversely affected by chronic drug/etoh useā€”the frontocerebellar circuitry, which regulates decision making, reasoning and problem solving.It is NEVER TOO Late to stop. BEST WISHES. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect a person's brain or body permanently ? I mean if he stops drinking , will he be harmed ?

Does alcohol affect a person's brain or body permanently ? I mean if he stops drinking , will he be harmed ?

DEPENDS: Alcoholism destroys nerve cells (brain). Lots of drinking destroys lots of cells. Many cells lost = greater reduction of function (intellect, etc). That's pretty permanent. Moderation (small amounts) seems okay. ...Read more

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What is the best way to restore chemical balance in brain from marijuana and alcohol use? Any vitamins or anything to take?

What is the best way to restore chemical balance in brain from marijuana and alcohol use? Any vitamins or anything to take?

Seek real love: Health does not come out of a pill bottle, even "vitamins". You need something in your life to give you joy and beauty and meaning so you won't want to scramble your brain any more with that stuff. For most of us, this is found in love of a person, a community, a good cause, or perhaps something spiritual. Be the best person you can be in the hopes of finding the realm item. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect your motor cortex if u got cerebral palsey?

Alter coordination: Alcohol can cause a decrease in coordination in anyone who drinks. If you already have a compromised motor coordination, drinking alcohol can make it worse. Be careful how much you drink and understand the point when you feel more compromised. ...Read more

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Husband has cerebellum degeneration due to chronic alcohol use, resides in nursing home. Lately he's not making sense, is this normal?

Husband has cerebellum degeneration due to chronic alcohol use, resides in nursing home. Lately he's not making sense, is this normal?

Dementia: Alcohol affects both the cerebellum and the cerebral functions, and alcohol brain atrophy is not unusual, and not surprising. "Is this normal"? Are you kidding? But would check B vitamin and D vitamin levels and at least check for other causes of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, but your husband has created his destiny by his habits. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect a blood test?

That depends on: What type of blood test it is. ...Read more

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Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Can heavy alcohol use elevate bilirubin?

Yes: It's common. Usually there will be some elevation in both conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin if the cause is alcohol, and the transaminases will also be up. Gilbert's and medication effects are two other important considerations depending on the numbers and which tests are up. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect your emotional health?

How does alcohol affect your emotional health?

In very small: amounts the effect would be minimal. As consumption increases its gets worse, proportionally. Ethanol is toxic (poisonous to cells)--to all tissue, including brain tissue. Inhibitions fall and the likelihood of acting out increases, none of which sounds healthy, emotionally or physically. No one deals well with cognitive functions of any kind when intoxicated. ...Read more

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Occasional alcohol use have any effect on iron levels?

Shouldn't: Occasional use of alcohol. 1 drink per week shouldn't have an effect. ...Read more

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Will alcohol use before a cortisol test effect results?

Will alcohol use before a cortisol test effect results?

Yes, it can not only: Effect the results, the reason they are doing it might be explainable if they knew that you were drinking alcohol, because it can screw up the entire endocrine hormonal axis they are looking at. So, the test might be even more than useless, it might be misleading and they can make a false diagnosis, or miss a real one. Please talk to your doctors about your level of alcohol use-dont drink before. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect the nutritional value of your food?

Yes: In more ways that i will list. Alcohol in quantity is toxic to your nervous system. It requires b vitamins and other nutrients in order to process and detoxify it but does not provide those nutrients so you are robbing your body of nutrients to process it. That's the tip of an iceberg. But consider sugar, all nutrients in sugar cane to process the sugar, but refined sugar, all removed. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect degeneration of a disk in the spine?

How does alcohol affect degeneration of a disk in the spine?

Unknown: I am not aware of any specific studies linking alcohol to disk degeneration but smoking is linked to degeneration of the discs. ...Read more

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If i'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine) , how does alcohol affect it?

If i'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine) , how does alcohol affect it?

Be careful: In general you want to avoid or use care in combining agents that have effects on the central nervous system. Some individuals experience an increased intensity of the effect of alcohol when on an antidepressant. Alcohol in significant amounts on an ongoing basis can interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants including effexor (venlafaxine). It would be safest to clarify with the prescribing physician. ...Read more